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Apr 22, 2018 - Yorktown and York River State Park

2018-04-22.Yorktown and York River State Park Friday, we decided to take advantage of a sunny but cool day to go for a hike at York River State Park, a very nice Virginia park with miles of hiking trails and a boat launch and fishing pier along the York River. We hiked the Tsansis Trail which was about 3 miles in length but surprisingly hilly with deep ravines and high hills criss-crossed by the switchback trail. There were several overlooks across the salt marshes where Ospreys were busy building their nests and vultures lazily circled...

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Jul 30, 2017 - Day 81 - Williamsburg to Yorktown, VA

Today’s ride from Williamsburg to Yorktown, Virginia, was short in miles ridden. The 13-mile ride brought me to the Yorktown Victory Monument, which is a monument to the victory of the 13 colonies. It took me 13 weeks to make the 4,276-mile journey that started in Astoria, Oregon, crossed 10 states and arrived here. I will never forget this monumental journey! The early morning ride along the York River on the Colonial Parkway was magnificent. I stopped several times to take photos, partly because the area is beautiful and partly because I...

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Oct 15, 2015 - Historic Yorktown

I actually am camping outside of Gloucester but explorations took me to Yorktown this afternoon. I know I took a roundabout way, but I really didn't want to drive through Baltimore and DC. I learned that Thomas Jefferson designed the serpentine wall at the University of VA and is used at the Gloucester Court House to honor locals who died in our country's wars. It was used to make up the clues to a letterbox that I didn't find! I also learned that Pocahontas only lived 21 years! Nearby I found Beaverdam Park and walked the nature trail....

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May 2, 2014 - Through the rain to Yorktown, VA

By the time we’d driven out of the mountains and into Ashville, NC, it was getting a little late to continue on. There were also a lot of hazardous weather warnings in the forecast, so we decided to park it for a night at Bear Creek RV Park, a nice place just outside of town. The following day, the weather had improved temporarily… but was expected to be nasty for our trip through VA to a friend’s house in Hayes. The trip was eerie; Rain, wind, fog, and menacing dark clouds that seemed to hover above the roadways, daring us to head their...

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Nov 3, 2011 - Day Trip: Yorktown Battlefield

Are we Rving or are we camping? Last night, I get up to adjust our electric heater. Oops. It is toast. What do we do? We have never used our propane heater. We wrap ourselves in blankets and sleeping bags. It is Virginia. How cold can it get? We do not freeze but it is a little nippy in the AM. After breakfast with lots of hot coffee, we head to the twenty-four hour Wal-Mart. I guess we could have shopped here last night. We now have two new heaters (one is for backup), an electric blanket for John, and two new coffee cups. John picks Darth...

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Nov 22, 2010 - Yorktown

Today we headed along the Colonial Parkway from Williamsburg to Yorktown. The parkway was a sea of gold with the autumn colours. The town was established in 1691. By the early 1700s the town was a major port serving Williamsburg. The waterfront was full of wharfs, docks, storehouses and businesses. On the streets above the waterfront, stately homes of the wealthy merchants lined Main Street, with taverns and other shops scattered through the town. In 1697, the first county courthouse and Grace Church were constructed. Yorktown reached its...

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Oct 13, 2009 - Yorktown, VA and Colonial National Historical Park

Colonial Yorktown, VA where a decisive battle of the American Revolution took place in 1781. Rita and I spent our 40th anniversary day touring colonial Yorktown and the battlefield Historical National Park nearby. It was a beautiful day to be out and about and visiting another piece of colonial American history. It was at Yorktown where General George Washington with the colonists and the help of the French under the command of Lafayette struck a blow to the British commanded by General Cornwallis in 1781. The town has many existing...

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Chasing the Sunrise

Aug 16, 2008 - Yorktown Battlefield and Yorktown Victory Center

Yesterday we went to Yorktown Victory Center. We watched a 15 minute film on the Revolutionay War. They had a 3 floor exhibit musuem of artifacts. On the outside we saw a war encampment replica (the cannons were shot off and we listened to a "soldier" talk of surgery and instruments in the war. Last was a farm replica with cabins for plantation life after the war. We went to the battlefield and watched a film but the battlefield was not near as nice as Chickamauga Battlefild although they had a nice museum also. We could not get an internet...

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Jul 11, 2008 - Yorktown Battlefield, VA

The Colonial Parkway travels 23 miles from Historic Jamestowne to the Yorktown Battlefield passing through the woods with openings onto the Chesapeake Bay. In October 1781 Lord Crowell was defeated by General George Washington with the aid of the French at the Yorktown Battlefield. The Moore House is where the terms for surrender were negotiated. This was the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. The Treaty of Paris was signed in Sept. 1783 ending 7 yrs. of war. We took a 7 mile driving tour to see trenches, redoubts, cannons and the...

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May 23, 2008 - Victory at Yorktown

The beginning of the end - Friday, May 23 Today we’re going to Yorktown to see the historic battlefield where Washington and his army humiliated the British and ultimately won the American Revolution. It’s a much shorter drive because Newport News City Park is closer to Yorktown than it is to Williamsburg or Jamestown. After a stop at the Yorktown Post Office to pick up our forwarded mail, we drove to the battlefield. The Visitor Center is always the best place to start a visit to a site you haven’t seen before, and Yorktown Battlefield is...

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2008 Keys 2 Canada

May 19, 2008 - Yorktown, VA

The battle at Yorktown Virginia between George Washington and the British troops, led by Lord Cornwallis, covers a huge area. If you remember the history books, the American colonists overthrew the British to gain independence and it was here at Yorktown that the British surrendered in 1782. The French helped the American colonists, particularly the Marquis de Lafayette. The trenches were dug by hand and the battle waged on for days. Near the battlefield is the town of Yorktown, which has been recreated.

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Ron & Jane's Travels

Dec 14, 2007 - Williamsburg / Yorktown, Va

Thanks to the benevolence of the Rockefeller family, Colonial Williamsburg has become a standard by which many living history museums are measured. Without such generous philanthropic infusion, the community that played an important social, political, and cultural role in the years leading up to the American Revolution may have crumbled to dust. Today Colonial Williamsburg provides abundant opportunities to experience everyday life in a thriving colonial city. Many of the buildings are replicas of the original built on the same foundation,...

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